Cover Reveal: No Peacocks!

I am thrilled beyond words to share the cover for No Peacocks! (Sky Pony Press) illustrated by the amazing Chris Ewald. Drum roll, please!

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No Peacocks! is a fictional feathered tale about the three real-life mischievous peacocks who reside on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Let me introduce you:

This is Phil.

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This is Jim or Harry.

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Or Harry or Jim.

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(I can’t tell the difference between Jim or Harry but if you ask any of the children, they all know which bird is which.)

For five years, my son attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. And from the moment I saw the birds, I knew I wanted to write about them. There was just one problem. I needed a story. On one extremely fortunate day while I was attending a meeting for the school’s book fair, one of the school administrators came into the room asking if anyone had left a sandwich in a stroller because one of the peacocks ate it. And as soon as I heard that, I knew I had my story.

No Peacocks! is about Phil, Jim and Harry’s quest to taste the school’s very famous mac ‘n cheese. It’s a cheesy story of friendship and teamwork, with a mild sprinkling of criminal activity that’s perfect for influencing the impressionable minds of children ages 0 to 1000. It flies onto bookshelves September 2018.

I’d like to take a quick moment to thank my editor, Alison Weiss; my agents, Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin; my writing teacher, Jill Davis; my writing group, Jacki Morris and Joanne French; my husband, Michael, who has probably read this story more times than he would have liked; my son, Noah, for the tremendous joy he brings my husband and me every day—even during homework; and anyone else who so much as sneezed on my manuscript.

No Peacocks! is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your favorite independent bookstore.

 

 

 

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ALA 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition #ALAAC16

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Every time I go to ALA I feel like a kid in a candy store. Where else in the world can you meet your favorite librarians, educators, editors, and publishers; bump into Dan Santat in the hallway; and hear your child scream with delight, “Mo Willems is HERE! HE’S HERE!!!

Below are a few photographic highlights from this year’s INCREDIBLE conference.

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My super excited boys with their super cool exhibitor badges. 

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Mo Willems

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“Hi Mr. Schu!” 

Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Alyson Beecher, me, Lola, Marcia Goldman, Marissa Moss and Kathryn Otoshi 

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Alyson Beecher and me

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Stephanie Bange and me

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Marissa Moss

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Marcia Goldman, Lola and her adorable fans

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Wilcox & Griswold, me and Marissa Moss

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Kathryn Otoshi

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Bethany Buck and me

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Sergio Ruzzier

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Kwame Alexander

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Rita Williams-Garcia and me

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Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen

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Jerry Pinkney

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me and Dan Santat

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Lori Degman’s adorable new book. Norbert is one radiant, terrific pig. 

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A well-prepared librarian! 

As my favorite spider might say, ALA is some conference. I can hardly wait for next year. Thank you, ALA!